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National parks could reopen with state money

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AP/MYFOXNY.COM -- The Obama administration said it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown.

Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a letter Thursday to governors in Utah and other states that the government will consider offers to pay for park operations, but will not surrender control of national parks to the states.

"The Interior Department will begin conversations about how to proceed as expeditiously as current limited resources allow," in Interior Department said in a news release. "We continue to call on Congress to act swiftly to enact appropriations for the entire government so that we can re-open all 401 national parks for the American people."

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has said his state has resources that could be used to operate the parks if federal funding is not available. He wants the National Park Service to reopen Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Zion national parks.

Governors of South Dakota, Arizona and Colorado have made similar requests.

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